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The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. and Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q2 2014)

In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Metal-to-Plastic Conversion Allows for Creativity & Reduces Shipping Costs

Mark Crawford (Directory 2014)

The automotive industry, in particular, has been taking advantage of metal-to-plastic conversion for years to meet stricter federal guidelines for improved fuel efficiency by 2025. More

First Person: Putting U.S. Manufacturing Front and Center

Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor (Directory 2014)

Scott N. Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, discusses how government policy supports U.S. manufacturing growth, the perceived “skills gap” and mainstream media’s recent focus on U.S. manufacturing. More

New Technologies Transforming Manufacturing, Changing Competition

Area Development Online Research Desk (Directory 2014)

According to a recent paper from the Deloitte University Press entitled “The Transformation of Manufacturing,” advanced materials, new production technologies, and digital techniques are allowing manufacturers to remain competitive despite numerous challenges. More

Louisiana: Climbing the Economic and Business Climate Charts

Craig Guillot (Q4 / Fall 2013)

State sources report that Louisiana’s economy held strong during the recession, and that during the past five years, its GDP growth was about 50 percent faster than the national average. More

Additive Manufacturing Becomes National Technology Focus

Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor,  (Q4 / Fall 2013)

While 3D printing started out more than two decades ago being a means for producing primarily prototype parts, the use of AM technologies in both polymers and powdered metals, for direct production of end-use parts, continues to grow. More

Special Investment Report: Ohio

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Sixty percent of the U.S. and Canadian population lies within a day’s drive, making Ohio an ideal location for manufacturing — machinery, automobiles, plastics, appliances, and steel, among others. More

First Person: A Frank Discussion on 3D Printing's Evolution and Future

David Cox, President/CEO, Purple Platypus (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Recently, we spoke with David Cox, president/CEO of Purple Platypus, a 3D printing technologies seller, and Purple Porcupine, a service bureau with 12 machines that print 3D parts for a variety of customers and markets. 3D printing hasn’t exactly been an overnight success, after 25 years, the industry is finally getting the attention it deserves — some good, some bad. More

First Person: How One Regional Supplier is Investing to Meet the Demands of Reshoring OEM Customers

Noel Ginsburg, CEO & President, Intertech Plastics (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Area Development speaks with Noel Ginsburg, CEO and President of Intertech Plastics, about the reshoring trend, why OEMs are returning to the U.S. to manufacture their goods, and the impact that’s having on his business. More

The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence

Mark Crawford (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Exhibiting know-how and innovation, U.S. manufacturers are adding to their payrolls and economic growth across the nation. We have identified 19 states where manufacturing is leading the way... More

Regional Supply Chains: A Win for OEMs and Their Locations

Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor,  (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Regional sourcing is helping manufacturers save time and money; with that in mind, savvy suppliers are moving closer to the end users of their products. More

First Person: AMT President Calls for Permanent Manufacturing R&D and Innovation Incentives

Doug Woods, President, The Association For Manufacturing Technology (Fall 2012)

As manufacturing powers our economic recovery, Area Development and AMT President, Doug Woods, discuss how to continue building sustained U.S manufacturing strength and job creation. More

New Natural Gas Technologies Firing Up Manufacturing

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Fall 2012)

The natural gas boom is a "game-changer" sparking a "manufacturing renaissance." More

Market Report: Plastics Industry to Follow Manufacturing's Growth Trend

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (April 2012)

Plastics categories are often interconnected with other industry clusters. More

Defense Cutbacks Lead to Novel Industrial Parks

John K. Borchardt (Winter 2012)

From coast to coast, U.S. Navy shipyards have been converted into industrial parks with facilities occupied by small, medium, and large companies employing from fewer than a dozen people up to several hundred. More

Hot United States FDI Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing

Mark Crawford (Location USA 2012)

Foreign companies are finding plenty of opportunities to invest in manufacturing across the country, including steel fabrication, advanced materials, information systems, semiconductors and electronics, alternative energy, chemicals and plastics, heavy equipment, appliances, and rubber products. More

Industry Clusters: Importance of Place still Relevant to Business Success

Hal Johnson, President and CEO, Upstate SC Alliance (November 2011)

Although industry clustering may not be the economic development "Holy Grail", an effective clustering strategy is still a proven recipe for success More

The Baldrige Process: World Standard in Manufacturing Quality Improvement - But Still Relevant?

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Spring 2011)

Baldrige is a pathway that leads to improved innovation - the very thing American industry needs in a global market of low-cost competitors. More
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